Marathon training season is upon us. As people gear up for fall races, some of us are getting ready to give up our marathon V-card. Here are some tips to get you race ready!

Hit the road. We’re in it for the long run. 

My 10 tips for a first time marathoner: 

  1. Nothing new on race day. Try clothes, shoes, pacing, and nutrition on your training runs.
  2. Mind over miles. 80% of the battle to the finish is mental. Visualize your success. Trust, this works. Courage is a muscle with exercising!
  3. Trust the training. It works. Really. See below for awesome online plans.
  4. Don’t skip long runs. Missing a short run here and there to recover or because you got too drunk the night before is ok. But, long runs are essential to getting your body used to performing when it’s tired.
  5. Listen to your body. I’m all about pushing your limits, but listen to your body so you can tell when you need to pull back. There’s impending injury and then there’s being a wuss.
  6. Leave the iPod at home. Music can be a great motivation, but do some runs without music to learn how to listen to your breath. Learn your natural cadence.
  7. Put your name on your shirt. Race day crowds during a marathon can make a race. Let them sing your praises.
  8. Get the right shoes. Kicks that worked for a 5K might not work for marathon training. Get a gait analysis at your local running store to make sure you’re in the right shoes.
  9. Chafing sucks. Use some type of lube (like Body Glide) over any parts of your body that might chafe. This means thighs, arms, feet, and for guys-nipples.
  10. Roll out.  Keep your muscles limber. I swear by yoga and a foam roller. 10-minutes-a-day can keep injury away.

Check out these online training programs for beginning marathoners and get the steppin’. 

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#100happydays Loved being a part of the #MSRunTheUS team this morning for Ashley and her mom. Watching Jill walk across the finish line made all my feelings overflow. Kudos to Ashley for creating an amazing organization.

Friday the journey begins. 5 marathons in 5 days for @msruntheus. Jordan said that fear is an illusion. Right now the fear of running my farthest distance is palpable.

Thank you, friends, for the encouragement over these long training months. It gives me fortitude.

I won’t let fear decide my fate. We run for a cure.

Photo by @l10_lax


130 miles in 5 days. This is a glimpse into my MS Run the US journey. 

I’ve tried a few times to write up a “recap” of running through Utah. I’m still trying. It’s hard to encapsulate an absolutely transformative experience. I’ll post as soon as the words come. 

For now, here’s some video. 

THIS, I know: 

1. The human spirit is resilient. 

2. People are selfless. 

3. Love is a force. 

4. I’m a hippie. 

5. But I would never live in rural Utah. 

6. I love NYC more than any place I’ve ever visited. 

7. Yet I want to continue to wander the universe. 

8. I’m a different person now than I was a week ago. 

9. The founder of MS Run the US, Ashley Kumlien, has the patience of a saint and a heart of gold. 

10. MS Run the US is comprised of people who want to change the world. And we will. 

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. I learned that from my mom. 5 marathons in 5 days for MS Run the US. The most I’ve ever asked of my body. I believe in taking every chance because some things only happen once. Tomorrow the journey begins, but I think this chapter started a long time ago. When I was 4, I wanted to be She-Ra, the princess warrior. When I was 5, I wanted to be a mermaid. When I was 7, I wanted to be a ballerina AND a mermaid. When I was 8, I dressed up as the first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for Halloween in a robe my grandmother made for me. And fell in love with the law. When I was 25, I wanted to be a lawyer. And I was. When I was 27, I wanted to be a RUNNER. And I made myself one. In the moments when I want to stop running over the next 6 days, I’ll remember why I started-MY MOM. The woman who let me believe in mermaids and unicorns and real life SUPER HEROES like her. She has MS. I run for her. I run for everyone who can’t. The moral of my story is that you can create yourself. Mom, I learned that from you. Well wishes from friends, from family, from YOU, let me know I’m not alone. They reinforce every step. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I appreciate you and your participation in this journey. The world needs dreamers who do. MS Run the US is a team running from LA to NY. We run for a cure. The further we go, the stronger we get. Remember, not all those who wander are lost. Photo by Joe Ferrucci.

Sometimes you have to give FEAR 2 snaps & a head swerve & say, “Not today.”

5 marathons in 5 days with a team of ninjas. @msruntheus These are the moments that make us. #msruntheus #ultramarathon

This place. 4 years ago. I decided to sign up for my 1st marathon. Today I revisited it on a 13-miler for #msruntheus when I will run 5 marathons in 5 days. I was never a natural athlete. I didn’t play sports growing up. I decided to make myself an ultramarathoner. How will you make yourself?

My mom didn’t own a pair of sneakers 2 years ago. Today she celebrated her birthday with a run. Mom, thanks for showing me that anything is possible. Happy Birthday to the most wonderful person I know.

My mom was diagnosed with MS in ‘99. I run for her. I’m running 150 miles for a cure. Please donate today:

Photo by @keithemorrison #msruntheus

Superheroes are real. KL wins 50ks, Sky runs 100ks, & @reginadaley killed her 1st ultra last night. Do you know it feels like to move mountains with your feet? We do. @nike @nikerunning #ultramarathon #msruntheus @undoordinary_ @bridgerunners